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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

December 26, 2018

AP-Nebraska stories for Dec. 29 and Dec. 30. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 402-391-0031.

For use Saturday, Dec. 29, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-BIOMECHANICS PROGRAM

OMAHA, Neb. _ University of Nebraska at Omaha biomechanics boss Nick Stergiou returned to campus after commencement ceremonies this month and watched the three-story addition to his Biomechanics Research Building taking shape. From virtually no biomechanics program 20 years ago to a booming enterprise that will occupy two buildings as of next fall, Stergiou and his staff have carried biomechanics beyond any expectations. The department and its facilities stand at the intersection of ambition and financial backing. The biomechanics program wouldn’t have flourished without both. By Rick Ruggles, The Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 967 words.

EXCHANGE-AFFORDABLE RENTALS

LINCOLN, Neb. _ Lincoln needs another 5,000 moderately priced, affordable rental units, based on federal Department of Housing and Urban Development studies. The city’s Urban Development Department, which has long been involved in helping moderate-income families buy or stay in a home, is exploring how the city can help in the rental market, with what is often called affordable housing. Lincoln is part of a national trend, where communities find they don’t have enough moderately priced apartment and house rentals to meet the demand from moderate- and low-income families and individuals, said Wynn Hjermstad, with the city’s Urban Development Department. By Nancy Hicks, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1516 words.

For use Monday, Dec. 30, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-COLLEGE GROWTH

WAYNE, Neb. _ Wayne State College might look a little different these days. The campus is buzzing with more students, events and programs, as well as new buildings and renovations. At least, that’s what Marysz Rames has noticed since starting as its president in 2015. This fall, a 9.9 percent enrollment increase meant 720 new first-year students. By Emily Case, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 951 words.

EXCHANGE-106TH BIRTHDAY

CENTRAL CITY, Neb. _ William “Mack” McLean recently celebrated his 106th birthday at his home at Cottonwood Estates in Central City. He doesn’t like being the center of attention just because he is a centenarian. At the senior living facility where he lives, residents are allowed to make a special meal request on their birthday. But he told them to serve the regular meal just like every day. By Robert Pore, The Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 634 words.

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